THE INTERVIEW PACKAGEThe interview will be conducted in the main boardroom and will be facilitated by the Human Resource Manager with the help of two assistants and the general manager. The objective of the interview is to seek a HR professional with a high level of understanding on contemporary leadership and organizational development. The potential candidate also needs to portray analysis capabilities and the evaluation of plans besides undertaking the development of strategies to ensure the business’ objectives are met. Besides, the candidate should be able to effectively adapt to the rapid change in the environment as the organization is highly dynamic.
Further, he or she should exhibit innovation, simplicity, integrity and the ability to form lasting relationships. Description of the behavioural criteriaThe role of the Human Resource Manager is highly sensitive because it encompasses the management of the firm’s human resources, who form the most important asset within the firm. The potential candidate must therefore possess proper leadership qualities that will effectively play the role of guiding the firm’s employees in achieving their objectives. Apart from effective leadership skills, the Human Resource manager selected among the candidates is expected to possess the following skills: 1.
Strategic acumenThis is highly desirable in order to ensure that the Human Resource Manager can lead the organization in devising a strategy, which is meant to improve productivity through improving the efficiency of employees (Walker, 1999; Wright and Snell, 1998). 2. Communication skills Proper communication skills will enable the Human Resource Manager to effectively listen, articulate and pass information to the company’s stakeholders (Becker, Huselid and Ulrich, 2001; Vosburgh, 2003). Furthermore, there may be constant need to address crisis scenarios within the firm hence the need to have effective communication skills.
3. Sound organizational skillsThese will ensure that the HRM can effectively address the needs of the employees. As noted by Broedling (1999), the Human Resource Manager should ensure that employee needs and requirements are addressed in the most viable manner. 4. Mentorship skillsMentorship skills are important in that they will guide the HRM in supporting employees, empathizing with their needs and serving as a useful resource for the employees. 5. A highly interactive personalityThis will ensure proper communication with employees, with a view of addressing their needs.
As indicated by Mathis and Jackson (2007) and Adler (1991), the HRM solely deals with the employees and he or she must be in a position to interact with them in order to ensure that they are satisfied and thus make them effective. This way, the needs of members of staff will be effectively addressed. 6. Highly flexibleThe Human Resource Manager should be able to effectively adjust according to situation at hand. The potential candidate must therefore exhibit high level flexibility so as to deal with needs that arise within their jurisdictions.
Interview preparationThe interviewers will be expected to prepare for the interview through familiarizing themselves with the interview questions and establishing potential answers. This will ensure that they can easily counter objections and also provide direction for the interview. The interviewers will be expected to organize themselves in such a way that they are available for the interview session. The questions asked will be based on pre-established behavioural criteria, required skills and work experience.